Township: Mannal

Map Reference: Mannal 21

Name Type: shore

Meaning: There are at least three possible reconstructions:
• ON kríkr a side-form of krókr ‘corner or bend, often used at boundaries’ (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.), or OI kráka (genitive singular kráku) ‘crow’, with ON vík ‘bay’. Krekke is a common place-name in Norway (NG); there is a Krekvik in OR; and a Krakevik in Bremanger, Norway (NG)
• ScG creag ‘rock’ with the locational suffix -ag
• ScG creagag is also a “sort of fish” (John Fletcher, Balemartine, pers. comm.) and Dwelly gives its meaning as ‘conger, perch’. There is an Allt na Creagaig in Glenelg (SP)
There is a Crackaig on Mull (Cregeen 1964, xvi) and one on Jura (SP).

Other Forms: Cragaig - OS; OSNB, 217 'a small sandy bay situated at the south-east corner of Balemartine, significance unknown'

Tràigh Chreagaig, John Fletcher, Balemartine

Port Chreagaig, Lachlan MacFarlane, Hynish,1/1994

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Information:'[A' Chailleach Bheur] expressed an earnest desire to drink from the well of Cragaig on the farm of Mannal.' Campbell JG 1915, The Sharp-Witted Wife (A' Chailleach Bheur) The Scottish Historical Review, 12, 414

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Obscure

Informants: OS

Informant 2: Lachlan MacFarlane, Hynish,1/1994

Informant 3: John Fletcher, Balemartine